Homemade Cashew Butter
Truly one of my favorite nut butters of all time
Homemade cashew butter can be used many different ways and is especially useful when making vegan desserts. You want to be mindful however, as with all nuts and nut butters, the calorie intake can add up quickly.
Think of cashew butter as an unsweetened paste. The Eatnuts.com Cashews themselves are creamy and slightly sweet, which makes cashew butter a good base. Not only may it be used for desserts but also many cooking sauces. You can either turn cashew butter into something sweet you may be preparing, or add flavors like garlic, basil, sun dried tomatoes and much more to make Alfredo, pesto and many other sauces. It is an easier nut butter to make at home due to the softer nature of the cashew itself. This makes it much easier to turn cashews into nut butter, relative to almonds.
A single tablespoon of cashew butter unsalted and plain is roughly 85 calories, 15g fat, 3g saturated fat, 10 carbs, 3g fiber, and 5g protein. Can you believe that almost 70% of the calories come from the fat and 20% of that fat is saturated fat. It makes sense why cashew recipes are so tasty in general. Cashew butter is also high in B vitamins and unsaturated fats that help boost metabolism, increase skin and muscle tone, improve your nervous and immune systems.
Cashew butter and jelly sandwiches can be quite a treat. Cashew butter is also a great snack for someone who may be on a low carb, high protein diet.
When making cashew butter, I soak the cashews beforehand. This helps remove the natural inhibitors that make our digestive systems work hard and allows our bodies to absorb maximum nutrition from the cashews. I add just a dab of coconut oil, dash sea salt and a few cups of the soaked cashews in a Vitamix for about 5-8 min until it’s nice and creamy. I also like using Eatnuts.com Raw Cashews since I am a healthy food nut.
My first exposure to cashew butter ever was when I was at a yoga retreat and we were on a raw diet. Our chef prepared an amazing Alfredo sauce using cashew butter with lemon, garlic and some other flavorings. After that day I make this simple but tasty dish when I want to wow friends with how they can still enjoy an Alfredo dish without all the dairy and guilt.
Through making Vitamix cashew butter, I discovered making cashew ice cream which to this day is one of my favorite dairy free ice creams. It’s simple, delicious, fast and easy. It can be caloric but it is a healthier ice cream option. For someone who can not have ice cream it is one of the best replacements I have ever had.
Eatnuts.com Roasted Cashews also make a delicious cashew butter with a different flavor. I always encourage people to play around and be creative with recipes. Your own Cashew Butter recipes don’t always turn out to be your favorites, but when you uncover your favorite combo it makes it worth the trial and error.
I encourage you to try cashew butter if you have not already. It is truly a treat, most definitely you have nut allergies, need dairy free or are seeking a healthier alternative to ice cream and dairy free Alfredo sauce.
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About the Author
Lisa Saremi is health and wellness coach for Limitless-U and blogger for eatnuts.com. Lisa received training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program on dietary theories, practical lifestyle management and innovative coaching methods with top health and wellness experts.